1 Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral New Orleans, Louisiana JANUARY 12, 2014 ST. TATIANA THE MARTYR OF ROME Sunday, January 12 ~ 8:45 am Orthros, 10:00 am Divine Liturgy NO Sunday School, Youth Hymnology, or Youth Greek School Presentation by IOCC Representative Daniel Christopulos at Conclusion of Liturgy 2014 Parish Council Oath of Office Blessing of the Food 11:45 am ~ Out-of-Doors Blessing of the Waters and Cross Retrieval on Bayou St. John Father Peter Nugent, Co-Celebrant 12:15 pm ~ Epiphany Celebratory Luncheon in Gymnasium after Cross Retrieval Luncheon Tickets and Epiphany T-Shirts on Sale in Coffee Room Monday, January 13 ~ 7:00 pm Adult Intermediate Greek School in Room 210 7:00 pm ~ Education, Cultural, and Youth Ministries Meeting in Boardroom Tuesday, January 14 ~ 7:00 pm Parish Council Meeting in Boardroom Wednesday, January 15 ~ 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Notre Dame Seminarians Cathedral Visit NO PARAKLESIS and NO BIBLE STUDY 7:00 pm ~ Adult Beginner Greek School in Room 210 Thursday, January 16 ~ 11:30 am Senior Citizens Luncheon in Coffee Room 6:30 pm ~ Vesperal Liturgy St. Anthony the Great Friday, January 17 ~ 12:00 pm ASHLEY SUTTON CHRISMATION 2:00 pm ~ Bankston/Leonard Rehearsal 5:30 pm ~ Prayer Service 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm ~ 30th Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Address by Father Maximos Pafilis "The Ecumenical Vision of the Orthodox Church from the Early Greek Churches of St. Paul to the Present" 7:00 pm ~ Reception Hosted by Holy Trinity in Gymnasium Saturday, January 18 ~ 10:00 am Youth Greek School in Room 210 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ~ Hall Rental Gymnasium 5:00 pm ~ BANKSTON/LEONARD WEDDING Sunday, January 19 ~ 8:45 am Orthros, 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Share the Light Sunday Sunday School following Holy Communion Youth Hymnology in Gymnasium First HELEN HANSEL 40-DAYS MEMORIAL 12:00 pm ~ Daughters of Penelope Meeting in Coffee Room 12:00 pm ~ Greek School-HOPE & JOY Cookie Workshop and Pizza Party 12:30 pm ~ PTA Family Day in Gymnasium 2014 HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL STEWARDSHIP One day, a person complained to his priest that the Church and Christianity is one continual give, give, give. To which the priest replied, Thank you very much for the finest definition of Christianity that I have ever heard. You re right, Christianity is all about a constant give, give, give. God giving His only Son to the world to show His unconditional love. His Son Jesus giving His life on the cross to forgive our sins and destroy death. Then, our Lord s disciples giving all they had to make sure that God s Good News of love was preached to all people everywhere. They not only gave away their homes and businesses but even gave up their lives as martyrs in gratitude to God! The 2014 Stewardship packets were mailed recently to your homes. Please take time to review the message conveyed in the enclosed material and consider donating your time, talent, and treasure to Holy Trinity Cathedral. To update Cathedral records, each steward, individual or family, is asked to complete a 2014 Commitment Card and return it to the office. Moreover, stewards are strongly encouraged to submit the completed forms by January 24, 2014, to assist with upcoming budget planning. Your cooperation on this matter is greatly appreciated.
2 CHILDREN S COOKIE WORKSHOP The directors of Greek School and HOPE & JOY are conducting an exciting joint venture next Sunday, January 19, 2014, for the children of both groups. Fay Kalergi and Vicki McCallef invite these young people to attend a Greek Alphabet Cookie Workshop and Pizza Party in the Hellenic Cultural Center beginning at 12:00 pm. There will be NO Greek School that day. The event will be a wonderful hands on opportunity for the children to learn all of the Greek letters while preparing bake items that will be sold the following Sunday, January 26, for $10 per dozen. Proceeds will benefit HOPE & JOY. Parents are asked to bring their young bakers to this educational, fun activity. Contact Vicki McCallef at to register your child or to place an order for the delicious cookies. EPIPHANY LUNCHEON TICKETS AND T-SHIRTS ON SALE Epiphany Celebratory Luncheon tickets are on sale today, Sunday, January 12, in the Coffee Room. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. T-shirts are $15 each. Be a part of this historic, special event by purchasing your items after church services! PHILOPTOCHOS VASILOPITA SUNDAY Thank you for your generous donations on Vasilopita Sunday. Through your contributions, we sent $1,150 to the Academy of Saint Basil. Your gift is truly a blessing, and we appreciate your continued support and generosity. SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCHEON Seniors are invited to our next senior citizens luncheon on January 16, 2014, at 11:30 am in the Coffee Room. Carol and Steve Venturatos are sponsoring our luncheon in honor and memory of their parents - Dita and George Venturatos and Lillian and Harold Amerland. Come enjoy a delicious meal and have fun with bingo and prizes. MEMBERSHIP The New Year marks the annual Philoptochos Membership Drive. We encourage membership renewals and gladly welcome new members throughout the year. Even if you cannot be an active member, know that your membership fee goes to support charities at the National, Metropolis, and local levels. Now is the perfect time to join generations of women, who have given their time and wisdom to truly make a difference. Your strength, determination, and compassion will guarantee that the mission of Philoptochos is being fulfilled. Come to a meeting, join in a project, and share your skills, talents, and ideas. Make new friends, reacquaint with old friends, and see what can be accomplished when women work together towards philanthropic goals and a common mission. Our next meeting is Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 10:30 am in the Coffee Room. If you are interested in joining, please contact Membership Chairman Cathy Vial. SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCHEON Senior Citizens are invited to our next Senior Citizens Luncheon on January 16, 2014, at 11:30 am in the Coffee Room. Make plans now to attend. Also, if you wish to sponsor a luncheon, please contact Connie Tiliakos ECCLESIASTICAL CALENDARS Extra copies of the 2014 Ecclesiastical Calendars are available in the Cathedral Narthex. The packet also includes a miniature calendar and a daily Scripture guide. Please help yourself. HOUSE BLESSINGS Enclosed is a 2014 House Blessing Form. Once it is completed, Father Maximos asks that you return it to the Cathedral office as soon as possible. Please denote a day and time that is convenient for you, and the office will call to confirm the appointed schedule. METROPOLIS LETTER REGARDING PASTORAL DEPARTURE A letter from His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, which addresses the recent development of Father Maximos returning to Greece, is enclosed for your convenience. Father Maximos announced his departure in a mailing sent to all parishioners on Monday, January 6. His last Sunday at Holy Trinity Cathedral will be January 26, PILGRIMAGE TO ROME AND CONSTANTINOPLE Fathers Buddy Noel and Maximos Pafilis will direct a special ecumenical pilgrimage to Rome and Constantinople September 8-18, Flyers are available in the office. SHARE THE LIGHT SUNDAY Jaunary 19 is "Share the Light Sunday." It is a time when Orthodox faithful are asked to support the Orthodox Christian Network, an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. The group provides a media witness of Christ's Church. For more information on this valuable resource, visit SPECIAL YOUTH SCHEDULE TODAY There will be NO Sunday School, Youth Hymnology, or Youth Greek School today, January 12, in observance of the special Epiphany celebrations that will include the Epiphany Cross Retrieval on Bayou St. John and the 150th Anniversary Kick Off Celebratory Luncheon that will follow in the Hellenic Cultural Center. These arrangements allow families to share this memorable occasion. Regular scheduling for Sunday School and Youth Hymnology will resume on Sunday, January 19, SUPER BOWL PARTY AT THE CENTER The Education, Cultural, and Youth Ministries Committee invites all young adults and interested parishioners to a Super Bowl Party at the Hellenic cultural Center on Sunday, February 2, Food and drinks will be provided. Please note that those attending must be 21 or older. The exact time for the festivities will be announced. If you have questions, contact the Cathedral office.
3 HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL EPIPHANY CROSS RETRIEVAL AND 150TH ANNIVERSARY KICK OFF Sunday, January 12, 2014 The Holy Trinity Family is invited to observe the Out-of-Doors Blessing of the Waters and the Epiphany Cross Retrieval along Bayou St. John, directly in front of the Cathedral, after Divine Liturgy today and later to attend the 150th Anniversary Kick Off Celebratory Luncheon in the Hellenic Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. Epiphany T-shirts are also available for $15 each. 30TH ANNUAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Father Maximos Pafilis will introduce the 30th Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Friday, January 17, 2014, at Holy Trinity Cathedral. A thirty minute prayer service in Greek and English will begin at 5:30 pm followed by an address by Father Maximos on "The Ecumenical Vision of the Orthodox Church from the Early Greek Churches of St. Paul to the Present." The Holy Trinity Cathedral Family will host a reception in the Hellenic Cultural Center after the lecture. Father Maximos invites all parishioners to join him during this event, which is sponsored by Interfaith Communications International. WEEK OF PRAYER WORSHIP SERVICE ON JANUARY 26 Father Maixmos asked Father Peter Nugent to preside in his absence at the Worship Service for People of All Churches on Sunday, January 26. The service will commence in the Cathedral at 7:30 pm. Father Buddy Noel is the guest speaker that evening. A reception hosted by the Holy Trinity Community will follow in the Hellenic Cultural Center. A detailed account on both the January 17 and January 26 events is on the opposite page. WELCOME IOCC VISITORS The Holy Trinity Cathedral Family welcomes twelve visitors today. IOCC Representative Daniel Christopulos is accompanying eleven seminarians, who attend six of the eight Orthodox seminaries in North America. The group volunteered their time and efforts to assist with Habitat for Humanity in the New Orleans area from January 7 through January 12. Father Maximos has invited Dan, who will speak after Divine Liturgy, to present a brief explanation of IOCC and the important work undertaken by the group. Please give our guests a warm reception, particularly when they join the community for the exciting Epiphany festivities slated this afternoon. 30 th ANNUAL NATIONAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1200 Robert E. Lee Boulevard New Orleans, Louisiana I. Introductory Public Address by Host Pastor: Very Reverend Archimandrite Maximos Pafilis, Dean The Ecumenical Vision of the Orthodox Church from Early Greek Churches of St. Paul to the Present Friday, January 17, 2014, at 5:30 pm Reception to follow in the Hellenic Cultural Center II. Worship Service for People of All Churches Very Reverend Peter Nugent, Presiding St. Basil Antiochian Orthodox Church Preacher: Reverend Emile Noel, Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Theme: Has Christ Been Divided? (1 Cor. 1:13) Sunday, January 26, 2014, at 7:30 pm Reception to follow in the Hellenic Cultural Center Sponsored by: Interfaith Communications International 4300 S. I-10 Service Road W., Suite 103-V, Metairie, Interfaith Office: ; Cathedral Office:
4 HIGH TEA IN FORT WALTON BEACH The Ladies Philoptochos of Saints Markella and Demetrios in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, are hosting a High Tea fundraiser on Saturday, January 25, at 4:00 pm. Keynote speaker will be Dee Nikolaou, Metropolis Philoptochos President. All sisters from Holy Trinity Cathedral are invited to attend. Tickets are $10. Reservations are required. If interested, contact President Hannah Hunt at or the church office at Holy Trinity Cathedral Greek Orthodox Community of New Orleans 1200 ROBERT E. LEE BOULEVARD NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA PHONE: (504) FAX: (504) Very Reverend Father Maximos Pafilis
5 12η ἸΑΝΟΥΑΡΊΟΥ 2014 ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΜΕΤΑ ΤΑ ΦΩΤΑ Τῆς Ἁγίας Μάρτυρος Τατιανῆς Ἑωθινόν Z 12 th JANUARY 2014 SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY St. Tatiana the Martyr of Rome Eothion 7 Ἀπολυτίκιον τῆς Ἀνάστασης Ἦχος δ Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀπορρίψασαι, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἡγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος. Ἀπουλτίκιον τῶν Θεοφανείων Ἦχος α Ἐν Ἰορδάνῃ βαπτιζομένου σου,κύριε, ἡ τῆς Τριάδος ἐφανερώθη προσκύνησις τοῦ γὰρ Γεννήτορος ἡ φωνὴ προσεμαρτύρει σοι, ἀγαπητόνσε Υἱὸν ὀνομάζουσα καὶ τὸ Πνεῦμα ἐν εἴδει περιστρᾶς ἐβεβαίου τοῦ λόγου τὸ ἀσφαλές ὁ ἐπιφανείς, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, καὶ τὸν κόσμον φωτίσας, δόξα σοι. Ἀπολυτίκιον τῆς Ἁγίας Τριάδας Ἦχος πλ δ Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ πανσόφους τοὺς ἁλιεῖς ἀναδείξας, καταπέμψας αὐτοῖς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον, καὶ δι' αὐτῶν τὴν οἰκουμένην σαγηνεύσας, φιλάνθρωπε, δόξα σοί. Κοντάκιον τῶν Θεοφανείων Ἦχος δ Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον τῇ οἰκουμένη, καὶ τὸ φῶς σου, Κύριε, ἐσημειώθη ἐφ ἡμᾶς, ἐν ἐπιγνώσει ὑμοῦντάς σε Ἦλθες, ἐφάνης, τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀπρόσιτον. Resurrection Apolytikion Tone 4 When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and had rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world. Apolytikion of Epiphany Tone 1 As You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was revealed, for the Father s voice bore witness to You, calling You His Beloved Son; and the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the security of the word. Christ God, who has appeared to us and gave light to the world, glory to You. Apolytikion of the Holy Trinity Plagal Tone 4 Blessed are You, O Christ our God, who made fishermen all-wise, sending upon them the Holy Spirit and, through them, netting the world. O Loving One, glory to You. Kontakion of Epiphany Tone 4 You appeared to us on earth today, O Master, and Your light was signed on us who cry aloud to You and say with understanding, O Christ our God: You came and shone forth, O Light unapproachable.
6 ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΣ Ἐφεσίους δ 7-13 Σῶσον Κύριε, τὸν λαόν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου. Πρός σέ, Κύριε, κεκράξομαι, ὁ Θεός μου. Ἀδελφοί, ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ ἡμῶν ἐδόθη ἡ χάρις κατὰ τὸ μέτρον τῆς δωρεᾶς τοῦ Χριστοῦ. Διὸ λέγει, Αναβὰς εἰς ὕψος ᾐχμαλώτευσεν αἰχμαλωσίαν, ἔδωκεν δόματα τοῖς ἀνθρώποις. (τὸ δὲ Ανέβη τί ἐστιν εἰ μὴ ὅτι καὶ κατέβη εἰς τὰ κατώτερα [μέρη] τῆς γῆς; ὁ καταβὰς αὐτός ἐστιν καὶ ὁ ἀναβὰς ὑπεράνω πάντων τῶν οὐρανῶν, ἵνα πληρώσῃ τὰ πάντα.) καὶ αὐτὸς ἔδωκεν τοὺς μὲν ἀποστόλους, τοὺς δὲ προφήτας, τοὺς δὲ εὐαγγελιστάς, τοὺς δὲ ποιμένας καὶ διδασκάλους, πρὸς τὸν καταρτισμὸν τῶν ἁγίων εἰς ἔργον διακονίας, εἰς οἰκοδομὴν τοῦ σώματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ, μέχρι καταντήσωμεν οἱ πάντες εἰς τὴν ἑνότητα τῆς πίστεως καὶ τῆς ἐπιγνώσεως τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ, εἰς ἄνδρα τέλειον, εἰς μέτρον ἡλικίας τοῦ πληρώματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ. THE EPISTLE Ephesians 4:7-13 Save, O Lord your people and bless your inheritance. To you, O Lord, have I cried, O my God. BRETHREN, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." (in saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. ΤΟ ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΙΟΝ Ματθαίον δ Tῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἀκούσας ὁ Ιησοῦς ὅτι Ιωάννης παρεδόθη, ἀνεχώρησεν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν καὶ καταλιπὼν τὴν Ναζαρὲτ, ἐλθὼν κατῴκησεν εἰς Καπερναοὺμ τὴν παραθαλασσίαν, ἐν ὁρίοις Ζαβουλὼν καὶ Νεφθαλείμ, ἵνα πληρωθῇ τὸ ῥηθὲν διὰ Ησαΐου τοῦ προφήτου, λέγοντος Γῆ Ζαβουλὼν καὶ γῆ Νεφθαλείμ, ὁδὸν θαλάσσης, πέραν τοῦ Ιορδάνου, Γαλιλαία τῶν ἐθνῶν, ὁ λαὸς ὁ καθήμενος ἐν σκότει εἶδε φῶς μέγα, καὶ τοῖς καθημένοις ἐν χώρᾳ καὶ σκιᾷ θανάτου, φῶς ἀνέτειλεν αὐτοῖς. Ἀπὸ τότε ἤρξατο ὁ Ιησοῦς κηρύσσειν καὶ λέγειν Μετανοεῖτε ἤγγικε γὰρ ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν. THE GOSPEL Matthew 4:12-17 At that time, Jesus heard that John had been arrested, He withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth He went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
7 GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF ATLANTA ΙΕΡΑ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΣ ΑΤΛΑΝΤΑΣ January 9, 2014 V. Rev. Maximos Pafilis Parish Council President & esteemed Parish Council members And the Faithful of Holy Trinity Cathedral, New Orleans, LA My dearly beloved in the Lord, So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. (Gal. 6:10) Now as we are still at the beginning of a new year, I greet you with love and joyin the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, praying that God will bless all your parish family in the coming year and always. As we all know, in this life, there are always changes. To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven, (Ecclesiastes 3:1). I am communicating with you today to share with you about some changes that will take place in your parish community. Father Maximos Pafilis has faithfully served your parish community from the time that we received him in our Holy Metropolis from the Church of Greece, and I know that we are all grateful for his dedication and commitment. Unfortunately, he now must return immediately to Greece, as the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece has made the decision to rescind their permission for his leave of absence, as you will see from the attached letter, which I just received today. I wanted to thank you, the Parish Council members and the Faithful for welcoming Father Maximos with open hearts to your community. Indeed I give thanks to Almighty God that He has given me the opportunity to work with people like you in His Vineyard. It is truly a privilege to work together with individuals who dedicate so much time, energy and most of all, love, to the service of our Lord and His Holy Orthodox Church. I am taking this opportunity to let you know that Father Maximos service as the priest of your beloved community will come to an end around the first of February. The Chancellor, V. Rev. Fr. George Tsahakis, will be communicating with your Parish Council President about the details of the new priest who will be assigned to your parish. We anticipate that the new priest will begin his assignment in the near future. I know that all of you will do whatever is necessary to help with the transition and maintain the spirit and energy that Father Maximos, with your assistance and support, has nurtured in your community. I would like to encourage the Parish Council and all the Faithful involved in ministries during this time of transition in parish leadership until the time comes that your new priest will begin serving your community. I know that all of you will keep Father Maximos in your prayers. I believe that it would be a nice gesture if your community, especially the Parish Council members, will organize and host a farewell reception, dinner or luncheon to honor him. With sincere prayers for the future and entreating our Lord s blessings upon each one of you, I remain with love and paternal blessings, Paternally yours with much love in our Incarnate Lord, +Metropolitan Alexios +ALEXIOS Metropolitan of Atlanta 2480 Clairmont Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia Telephone: Fax: Web:
8 Holy Trinity Cathedral Community and the 150 th Anniversary Committee sincerely thank everyone that has contributed and worked to ensure the success of this Epiphany and 150 th Anniversary Kick Off Celebration. Ken Boroughs Dwight Coursey William Dietrich John Gniady Kostas Gus Hazifotis GOLD SPONSORS In Memory of Alex Athas and Steve Athas Charles and Helen Malachias Barbara Stavis Wolf COPPER SPONSOR Alexandros and Glikeria Zarganas DONOR SPONSORS Holy Trinity PTA Ladies Philoptochos Society Jerry Schiffman Sheraton Hotel New Orleans Jim and Martha Strain Epiphany Celebration Executive Committee Very Reverend Father Maximos Pafilis Nicholas Chronis Constandinos Vennis Barbara Stavis Wolf Committee Members Evangelia Bilalis Sandy Bouzon Victoria Catsulis Diane Chronis Danae Columbus Vasili Funti Manoli Ioannidis Dr. Mike Kleamenakis Mike Kleamenakis John Kleamenakis Cornelia Koniditsiotis, Ph.D John Koniditsiotis Mary Kontos Maggie Maag Helen Malachias Dennis Papadopoulos Steve Psarellis James Strain Suzanne Stratikis Connie Tiliakos Cathy Vial Laila Morcos Zissis The Cross Retrieval celebrates Theophany, or Epiphany which commemorates the Baptism of our Lord by St. John the Forerunner in the river Jordan. At that time, St. John the Baptist testified that Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God and introduced Him as the expected Messiah. This testimony was of great significance in facilitating the beginning of the ministry of Christ and His redemptive work. In the icon, Christ is shown standing in the waters of the Jordan River. According to Orthodox teaching, He allowed Himself to be washed in order to sanctify the water for our purification, thus Jesus is blessing the water in which He is immersed. As the Epiphany marked the beginning of the ministry of Christ, today s Epiphany Celebration marks the beginning of the 150 th Anniversary Celebration of our Holy Trinity Cathedral in New Orleans. When Christ was baptized, God Proclaimed This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17) and the Spirit descended in the form of a dove upon Him, and revealed Christ as one of the Holy Trinity. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Epiphany Cross Retrieval 2014 and Kick Off of 150 th Anniversary Sunday, January 12, 2014 The release of the dove during Epiphany Cross Retrievals is symbolic of the dove of the Holy Spirit.
9 Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 1222 N. Dorgenois Street Circa 1860 s This Epiphany Cross Retrieval Commemoration is the first for Holy Trinity and marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of 150 years as a worshipping community in New Orleans. In 1840, a successful businessman named Nicholas M. Benachi from Greece settled in the city. In 1864, Mr. Benachi offered his residence as a temporary location for worship for the Greeks of the New Orleans Community and, until 1866, services were held there (as well as other locations). In April 1865, Reverend Agapios Honcharenko, sent by the Church of Greece, served liturgy in New Orleans and baptized thirty individuals. Several months later, in November 1865, a committee consisting of Nicholas Benachi, Michael Draskovich and Constantine Kililis was organized to raise funds for the building of a church. The property at 1222 N. Dorgenois was obtained and Church Services were held there. As years passed, the community grew and the necessity for a larger church became apparent. The original building was demolished and a new edifice was erected in 1950, which still stands today at that location. In 1976, the Holy Trinity community sold the Dorgenois property and acquired the current Robert E. Lee Boulevard site where the church and Hellenic Cultural Center currently stand. Today, after 150 years of continuous service, the Cathedral continues to welcome and serve Orthodox faithful from throughout Greater New Orleans and surrounding areas. A gift or donation to Holy Trinity Archives Committee Fund will help in the preservation and sharing of the history of the First Greek Orthodox Church in the Americas, our Holy Trinity Cathedral, through restoration of artifacts in the collection. Greeks have been citizens of New Orleans for over 200 hundred years, and Bayou St. John may be a geographic connection of the present Greek community with the first Greek pioneers. Michel Dragon (Dracos) was a native of Athens, Greece when he immigrated to New Orleans about 1760 as a soldier in the French Colonial Army. When the Spanish took control of New Orleans in 1763, Dragon received a commission in the Spanish militia that rebuilt Spanish Fort, then called San Juan del Bayou. Quite possibly Dragon was part of the militia that rebuilt Spanish Fort, walking the same grounds along the bayou as these inheritors of an ancient faith in our city. The Archives Committee of Holy Trinity Cathedral serves as The Keepers of the Faith working to preserve historical artifacts, papers, icons, photos and more documenting the history of our Community. Today there is a small exhibit on display in the Hellenic Center of liturgical artifacts and historic icons that highlight Epiphany in the Greek Orthodox Faith. Please stop by and view it. Prominent among the holy artifacts will be the following: Baptismal font c. mid 19th century Holy water vessel c. mid 19th century Baptism of Jesus Christ icon c St. John the Baptist icon--c. mid 19th century Randistiria (holy water sprinklers) John the Baptist icon reproduction of original 1872 icon Jesus Christ Holy Mandylion icon--c. first quarter 19th century
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